National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has urged the leadership of the National Assembly to effect 60 percent pay cut in their salaries and allowances in view of the dwindling revenues in the country.
The students’ body also urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, not to allow the leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly to slow down President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
In a phone conversation by NANS’ Coordinator, Zone D, Comrade Sunday Asefon in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said the students’ body said it sounds so unfathomable that the federal lawmakers could be expecting jumbo pay, at a time the country is experiencing economic hardship and recession.
He pointed out that the revelation by President Mohammed Buhari that he met an empty treasury, was enough signal that every political office holder must be ready to make sacrifices to prevent the economy from total collapse.
He urged the lawmakers to be honourable enough to understand the plights of Nigerians and do those things that would portray them as selfless leaders.
Asefon said: “I want the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his
colleagues to show commitment to Nigerians. They should tread the path of honour and display that their elections were not meant to acquire wealth but to serve Nigerians.
“As we speak now, more than 20 States of the federation cannot pay salaries. Many have not paid salaries in the last six months. No developmental programmes can be attended to because of the parlous state of the economy.
“We, as NANS members humbly advise that all Nigerians must be ready to imbibe the culture of change. Senator Saraki has promised to embrace the change promised by President Buhari and they should start displaying their commitment to this by cutting down their salaries and allowances”.
Asefon also urged the Federal lawmakers to reject the N9 billion wardrobe allowance to be paid to every member of the 8th National Assembly.


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